February 2017

1st Cold Camping Trip! – Solo Backcountry on St. Nora Lake

By |2017-02-14T15:16:15+00:00February 14th, 2017|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, algonquin highlands, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, camp, camping, campsite, Canada, cold, cold camp, cold camping, Exploring, falls, frozen waterfalls, gloves, hike, Hiking, hiking trails, ice, icefalls, inspiration, learning, Nature, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, ontarios highlands, outdoor products, Outdoors, Parks, portage, portaging, pull in, sledding, solo trip, summer tent, tent, tentcamping, texting gloves, toboggan, Uncategorized, walking, water, waterfalls, waterways, winter, winter camping, yolo|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 It was Thanksgiving weekend, 2001 and I did a backcountry trip backpacking in to Bucholtz Lake on the Eastern Pines Backpacking Trail in Algonquin Park. I had a -5 sleeping bag and I remember I was laying there wearing all the clothes I had brought in,  including my jacket, in my sleeping bag and I was frozen solid.  All I wanted to do was be warm but there was no way I was walking  out [...]

January 2017

Tipi Test at Mew – Last Trip of 2016

By |2017-01-10T20:59:56+00:00January 10th, 2017|Categories: Algonquin, algonquin highlands, Algonquin Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, alone, backcountry, backcountry camping, Campers, camping, camping tips, campsite, Canada, day trip, DIY, Exploring, glamping, gloves, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, homemade, ice, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, ontarios highlands, outdoor products, outdoorproducts, Outdoors, Parks, Provincial Park, renovation, revised, revision, skating, sleep, sleeping, sleeping bag, sleeping matt, sleeping pad, solo trip, tarps, teepee, tent, tentcamping, texting gloves, tipi, tracks, Trails, Uncategorized, walking, walks, winter, winter Wonderland, winterglamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year I had the great privilege of being invited to Mew Lake for New Years Eve Camping.  It was one of the best New Years Eve's I've ever had! I met some extraordinary people who I've spent time with over the past year and enjoyed camping in the snow more than I thought I would. This year, I was incredibly honored to be invited to my friend Stevie's wedding, happening on New Years Eve [...]

December 2016

The Sounds of Silence – Exploring Silent Lake

By |2016-12-20T20:28:08+00:00December 20th, 2016|Categories: algonquin highlands, alone, animals, beach, bonnies pond, Campers, camping, campsite, convienience, cooking, Exploring, falls, frozen waterfalls, glamping, hike, Hikers, Hiking, hiking trails, hikingtrails, hot tent, Ontario, ontario parks, Ontario Trails, Parks, Provincial Park, silent lake, solo trip, sunrise, texting gloves, Uncategorized, walking, walks, waterfalls, wind, winter, winterglamping, yurt|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It's hard to believe that only 9 months ago, I had my first visit to Silent Lake!  It was a wonderful experience and I was hoping for more of the same this trip.   I had planned on going for just one night when I discovered yurt #5, the same one I stayed in, in March, was open, but there is a two night minimum for booking yurts, so I took it for two. I [...]

Paddling on Big East Lake – Living Life With No Regrets

By |2016-12-13T18:56:59+00:00December 13th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, algonquin highlands, alone, animals, backcountry, backcountry camping, camp, camping, campsite, Canada, Exploring, gloves, ice, Ice trail, inspiration, kayak, kayak portaging, Kayaking, moosehunting, Muskoka, Ontario, Ontario Trails, ontarios highlands, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, portage, portaging, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, solo trip, sunrise, sunset, tangii, tent, tentcamping, texting gloves, Uncategorized, Up north, water, waterways, winter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It is a time of year when one must be really careful going out on the water.  I often receive comments of concern, people calling me brave,  and others blatantly stating I am unsafe, careless and should not be doing what I'm doing.   What if you fall out of your kayak?  You will freeze instantly!!! I have been kayaking for over 15 years of my life.  In that time, I have never, not once, [...]

January 2016

Winter Glamping, Camping & Adventuring – Tips I’ve Learned & Your Input!!

By |2016-01-26T07:46:28+00:00January 26th, 2016|Categories: Algonquin, Bear Barrel, Bear vault, bearproof, camping, camping tips, Canada, cold, cooking, Exploring, food, Food storage, glamping, gloves, homemade, hot tent, Mew Lake, Nature, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, Parks, pot set, pots, summer tent, tarps, teepee, tent, tentcamping, texting gloves, tipi, tips, Uncategorized, water, winter, winter camping tips, winterglamping, yurt|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Whether you are camping in a tent or glamping in a yurt, things are different in the winter, than they are in the warmer seasons.  I am very new to the whole winter camping/glamping scene but I have learned a tonne of things already and wanted to share them with you, if you are thinking of embarking on a winter camping or glamping trip.  Please feel free to comment and add your own tips at [...]

Winter Camping in a Summer Tent-NYE at Mew Lake in Algonquin Park

By |2016-01-12T07:48:47+00:00January 12th, 2016|Categories: #wintercamping, Adventure, Algonquin, camping, cold, DIY, Exploring, falls, Fun, glamping, hike, Hiking, hikingtrails, hot tent, Mew Lake, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, Oxtongue, Parks, photography, Ragged Falls, summer tent, tent, tentcamping, texting gloves, tipi, Trails, Uncategorized, visitor centre, walkling, walks, water, waterfalls, winter, winterglamping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Judging by my name, Camper Christina, it's safe to say I love camping. What my name doesn't say is that I hate the cold and am not a huge fan of snow!  As I have been strictly a 3 season camper, I have never had the need for a winter tent, which in addition to cold and snow, is a big reason I didn't think I would ever go winter camping.  Regardless of that,  I [...]

December 2015

Winter Glamping at Mew Lake! – Yurt Trip

By |2015-12-29T07:30:26+00:00December 29th, 2015|Categories: Adventure, Algonquin, bear, camping, Canada, cold, cooking, Exploring, falls, Fun, glamping, hike, Hiking, hikingtrails, Huntsville, inspiration, Mew Lake, Nature, Ontario, Outdoors, photography, River, sunset, tarps, texting gloves, Trails, walking, walkling, walks, water, winter, winterglamping, yurt|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If someone had told me a year ago that I would go winter camping, or glamping, in this case, I would've said they were crazy.  Up until this year, it has never crossed my mind to even attempt adventuring in the snow, and now I have done it and am actually even camping in a tent for my next two trips!  Being in nature in the snow is truly magical and I now understand why [...]

Peaceful Paddling in November-Lyons Creek 1

By |2015-12-22T07:04:23+00:00December 22nd, 2015|Categories: Adventure, Canada, cold, creek, creeks, day trip, Exploring, fall, inspiration, kayak, Kayaking, Nature, Niagara Falls, Niagarra, Ontario, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, photography, solo trip, sunset, texting gloves, water, winter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On November 29th, In Canada, lol, I set out to paddle Lyons Creek in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  Yes, I was wearing snow pants, a very warm ski jacket and a toque, but I was going paddling and I was stoked!!! On Thursday I had gone to Outdoors Oriented and picked up a pair of Marmot Connect Gloves. Whenever I am at the store, I always get valuable advice from someone there, this visit was no different. [...]

You can text in texting gloves! – Outdoor Research!

By |2015-12-17T07:54:38+00:00December 17th, 2015|Categories: Adventure, cold, creek, creeks, day trip, Exploring, fall, gloves, inspiration, kayak, Kayaking, Nature, Niagara, Ontario, outdoor products, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, photography, solo trip, texting gloves, water, winter, women|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

After publishing my post on the Marmot Connect Gloves and finding the ones I had too large for me and not as effective as I'd like them, I spoke to my favourite outdoors store contact, Jamie at Outdoors Oriented.  He advised that the gloves did indeed look too big for me and he wanted to resolve the issue for me.  Hence, why I love this place so much! I went in on Thursday after work and Jamie [...]

Can you Text in Texting Gloves?- Marmot Connect Glove

By |2015-12-03T07:30:55+00:00December 3rd, 2015|Categories: #adventure, Canada, creek, creeks, Exploring, gloves, hands, hike, Hiking, kayak, Kayaking, Nature, Niagarra, Ontario, Outdoors, paddle, paddling, solo trip, texting gloves, water|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

On Sunday November 22nd, I went on a very chilly paddle on Richardson Creek in St. Catharines, Ontario.  The paddle was absolutely stunning and as I have this blog, I spent a huge amount of the paddle taking photos! (plus I just love it!)  Four hundred and eighteen photos to be exact!  As I take all my photos with my iPhone, I can not do so without taking off my gloves.  My hands started to get numb [...]